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    March 15, 2011
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away in the tsunami. four month old baby discovered amongst the wreckage. fox and friends starts right now. ♪ >> martha: this morning, the fox news alert. the situation growing more dangerous by the moment in japan as more radiation is spewing in the atmosphere from the damaged nuclear plant. david piper in the air base west of tokyo. good morning, david. >> martha: the nuclear crisis is a dangerous level now. the fukushima nuclear complex has had a number of a explosion and they are saying it is moving to a dangerous level and the international
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nuclear agency said that fire started in a storage plant that spent nuclear fuel. japanese officials told them the fire was out now because they reportedly had help from the u.s. military. radiation leveled have sored around the complex. japanese authorities told people to seal doors and winnows and stay in home and avoid going out at all. japanese prime minister said radiation is released from the three reactors from the nuclear plant and a high risk of more radiation coming out. reactors are over heat raising the risk. japan has imposed a no fly zone over the plant. high levels of radiation in tokyo and now reportedly dropping. but just outside of tokyo there are above the normal
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level by 10 times. back to you in the studio. >> martha: thank you for much. david piper reporting there. >> brian: it has raised levels outside in the province. that is the kyoto news reporting that as we started the show. >> steve: some spots the radiation is 400 times higher than what a person should be exposed to in a year. the pictures are heart breaking. we'll look at the reactors that have gone hay wire. reactor one an explosion on saturday . reactor two, an exposure . reactor two yesterday. 90 percent of the core uncovered . the reactor caught fire today and started spewing radiation and now people are walking in
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the scrub trying to figure out who has the contamination. >> martha: you think about the leader of the country. imagine if the leader said these kinds of things to us. levels of radiation seem very high and there is a high risk of more radiation coming out according to the president of japan and the chief cabinet secretary said levels are coming out that "clearly have an impact on the human body." . this is frightening stuff. the whole explosion and early reports that nothing was leaking out. >> steve: everything is fine. >> martha: everything is fine and when we were reporting all of that. we got information from blogers and folks saying that is not the case on the ground. i thought they are alarmist and indeed turned out to be the case. >> brian: people inside of the 20 mile zone of where the plant is located have to go to
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containment areas where they get tested for radiation and are kept in containment there. a mom and daughter communicating through the wall. what is amazing how cool and calm the japanese officials are across the board. they seem so focused and there seems no panic amongst them. >> martha: what is going on, in the outside must be different than the inside. can you imagine your own family member speaking to each other through the window and your child is tested for contamination and there is more of the pictures to come. one of them, her dad brings the dog through the window. it is terrifying. >> steve: speaking of terrifying, it is a terrifying day on the financial markets in asia today. nikkei index closed down at len percent. in the deepest part it was down 14 percent.
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keep in mind it dropped 6 percent and an analyst from morgan stanley. what the world is watching is trying to figure out or not thisif this plant turns into chernobyl. >> brian: the earthquake not affecting the market as much and the tsunami not affecting the market it is all about nuclear power plant. general electric bringing more people over there to help out. what they are hearing from the cabinet and prime minister and experts they don't know. when they don't know the markets react the way they could react. many people feel it could be worse and arguably the most tense day to date and considering what these people have been through since friday that is saying a lot. >> martha: given what is happening there to see a 14 percent drop and going back to eye len percent drop i think
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it could be worse. i think it is the uncertainty of the radiation. >> brian: and one is quoted today, as a phiist this is getting worse by the hour and we haven't hit bottom yet. >> steve: it is a race against time as rescuers try to find people buried in the rubble. there was a story about a 70 year old woman whose house was swept away by the tsunami found in the house this morn suffering from hypothermia and carted off to the hospital, but she is alive. >> martha: how about the pictures of the little girl. four month old beb girl. look at that. it is hard to have words . >> brian: wrapped in the blanket . that has been a picture of comfort for the people of yap jap who are looking
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desperatelyy for good news and that news amid the rubble is great. a few days buried in the rubble and the father was reunited with the baby and think of how cold it has been and the baby was probably dehydrated and able to survive . evidently is okay. important to families, we are talking about the survival of two dogs. when word come the tsunami was hitting after the earthquake. a father grabbed his 12 year old daughter they left. in the back yard was two dogs, a labrador and sheltie tied to the shed and they chewed themselves free of the ropes and ran up the outer doors of the floor. they came back dogs were barking and alive. 92 fantastic. >> martha: the little girl was happy and angry for leaving the dogs . they were going back and forth
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to visit them. you can't compare what the people in the shelter are going through with our ownuation and trying to save two dogs. >> steve: the dad had taken the 12 year old daughter away in the wake because the tsunami was coming, his 20 year old daughter had gone back i will save the dogs and the police said you can't go further and she felt heart broke yen then as fate would have it. >> brian: three stories, not funny and three public personalities taking action. gilbert godfrey who uses the magic of twitter is awn times funny. he is the voice of the aflac duck. he decided to use twitter to express a sense of humor when it comes to those who lost their lifes in the tsunami. >> steve: we'll look at the jokes according to him.
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he did a dozen of them. gill bert god free. japanese said there would be another one floating by any minute now. >> brian: afley reacted and fired him. >> i had to evacuate all of my hose from los angeles and hawaii . i don't understand this. >> steve: i don't get it? >> martha: how can you look at those images and think it is comical and it is brought home by the pictures. >> brian: some of my tweets are ignorant. hate it or love it i am cool either way. >> martha: congratulations. >> steve: governor halle barber dan turner sends out a routine daily news update. otis reading's classic sitting on the dock by the bay not a
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big hit in japan right now . another one on 1993, janet reno was unanimously confirmed by senate to be first female attorney general took longer to affirm her gender than her law license. >> martha: we'll stay with what is happening in the japan. clock ticking toward a government shut down on friday. a stop gap spending showdown on capitol hill. we will have the latest on that and the house will vote on a new temporary spending bill. we'll have another spending bill to keep the government running three more weeks and cut 6 billion in spending. that's closer to the democratic and give congress more time to work out a full-blown budget. it is expected to pass but conservative republicans don't like it.
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markio rubio will not vote and democrats report that it is too deep in their view . shocking details coming out about the driver in saturday's bus crash in the bronx that killed 15 people. williams is a convicted killer and stabbed a man to death in the 1990s, seven years for manslaughter and grand larceny and had two licenses including one with a fake name on it. >> steve: he was the driver of that bus. >> martha: driver of the bus and 15 people killed. he will be killed by the ntsb who are skeptical of the story that he was clipped by a tractor trailer. there may be a video on the cadash board of the bus. look at the keen with all of the balances. hawaii, 75 acres of the national park are engulfed in
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a massive wild fire because of a volcano. kilauea is active and fliers will fly over the situation. flags are flying at half-staff today in memory of u.s. army frank corporal buckles. last american veteran of world war i. he was a army ambulance driver he signed up under age to participate in world war i. he will be laid to rest and also serve in world war ii, he was a prisoner of war in the philippines for 39 months and lived to be a 110 years old and today we remember u.s. army corporal frank buckles. what a life. >> brian: nuclear catastrophic in japan has many wondering if we are safe. how could an impact affect
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dr. larry birchfield kind enough to join us. when i tell you there is four different incident reactors, what is your reaction? >> first of all, the japan workers are continuing to pump sea water in reactors one, two, and >> brian: is that a good move? >> yes, to put those reactor in safe shut down. the biggest problem right appears to be an explosion and fire in unit four. the apparently the fuel is burning. this is a reactor that was shut down prior to the earthquake but they have a nuclear fuel pool and it is apparently on fire. >> brian: rightt. we understand and such greatt detail, america is getting a crash course. survive the earthquake, the tsunami it didn't.
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the back up system went to work and batteries are working to cool the area. the batteries in u.s. are not as good as the ones in japan; is that correct? >> i believe the ones in the u.s. are sufficient to handle the problem. >> brian: all right. we have uation with 104 react ares here in 31 states and len are built in earthquake prone areas. understanding we experience the same thing? >> well, reactors are designed to with stand a 7.5. the one in japan is a 9.zero . so the nrc will look at it carefully and make immediate recommendations to see what went wrong in japan. it is going to be very important to do an analysis, a failure of what occurred
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there. there were several safety systems that failed . what we'll need to do is with're why they failed. >> brian: not give up on the technology but learn from it. >> lessons from it. >> brian: if there is something to tell the american people and japanese people to look for today, what would it be? >> there are many lessons learned in this, and we all need to understand that nuclear power is an extremely safe power source. there are no human lives lost in the u.s. in civilian nuclear reactors . so it is a very safe energy form. >> brian: uh-uh. except for a tsunami and earthquake combined together in a unique situation, people
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of tokyo and people of japan very tense right now. hopefully we'll learn more about it dr. burchfield we'll have you, thanks . >> you bet. >> martha: pakistan is refusing to release a man unless he plays blood money. it could be a diplomatic scandal of huge porportions and why the u.s. is being snubbed. >> steve: janle napolitano unveals screening of the future. but will the alternative be safer. that's ahead.
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>> steve: welcome back.
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the united states may be forced to abood by sharia law and playy dyad or blood money to win the freedom of a sy contractor who is held in pakistan. >> brian: raymond -- >> martha: davis is accused of shooting two pakistan men. pakistan is refusing to recognize the diplomatic immunity in this case. they join us from the dc bureau. compliicated case on this one, franklin. what do you make of this? >> in the campaign we would likely to see under a obama presidency that we are weak and irreslute and this is a manifestation of that sense taking hold indeed . what worries me, we have spent tens of billions on a relationship with pakistan and
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it is still playing what is a double game with us. in fact if anything as a result of their perception that we are bailing out on afghanistan again, the part of the game thats working against our interests, making really pal papable their disdain for the united states is becoming more pronounced and that is not good either for our relationshipp, for the interest of the united states and the region in the world and ultimatelyy our security. >> brian: i feel this guy should be sprung. look at the geneva conventionn where they defined immunity. >> steve: a agent should enjoy immunity from the receivingitate and he shall also enjoy immunity from its civil and administration jurisdiction. >> it is clearr they he should be sprung. >> steve: if we reach an
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agreement of the family of the people killed. a financial settlement, the sy guy could be sprung. it is effectively blood money though. >> i point this out to you guys. in a book in september said sharia, the threat to america is encroachhing on us in a number of ways. not just oversees in insstances like this but here at home to the extent that we are constantlyy being asked to exceed to one aspect or another of the sharia arangements. i think what we are doing is lenit jitimacying the totaliar an program that has our destruction to the core but emboldening those to believe that we are submitting and that's the go code they need to press on aggressively it is a bad bit of business quite
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apart from the particulars of the case. >> martha: we are out of time. what should happen to rame rame davis. >> he should be sprungg on the basis that the united states has with pakistan and should have in the future. >> martha: we'll see if that happens and if they will agree on to that. good to have you with us. congress want to delayy the budget. what do american people want. radio listenners, across the country. >> steve: apparently apis the new a. hiring the police officers that fail theirr test all in the name of diversity. >> martha: this preschool shattered her daughter's ivy league dreams it is decided it is all done and it is the preschool's fault. ♪ we wiped the slate clean.
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havingg problems. japanese officials say the spent fuel pool may be boiling which is not a good sign. that will cause it to melt in the lower area of the reactor and that is big trouble. anyone in 20 miles of the plant is urged to stay indoors and seeing levells of radiation drifting down toward tokyo as well which is problematic. that radiation is 10 times norma in tokyo and that is about 150 miles south of the plantt. mean while the search for survivors continues. rescueers are having a tough time because the damage is so vast and extensive. but there are miraclous stories to tell you about. a 70 year old woman pulled from the rubble of the tsunami four days afterward . a four month old beb girl rescue reunightted with her parents .
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can you imagine the happiness there confirming she was alife. 2700 people have been killed as a result of the tsunami and earthquake. the number is expected to go above 10,000. entire villages have been destroyed. many are struggling for food and water and store shelves are emptying in japan. very tough situation. >> the horror of japan hitting the u.s.. these rellatives meet once a week to learnn english. they shared their concerns. >> i tried to call home. >> brian: their instructor has a new mission to provide love and support through the power of prayer, steve. >> steve: brian, homeland security secretary janet napolitano said in the future
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airport travelers will not have to take off theirr shoes. the agency is developing the checkpoint of tomorrow that allows fewer screenings . the plan will use advanced technology and better trained airport security to spot terrorist. >> brian: it is going so into smooth now. why change. >> steve: a mam said her ivy's leaguer dreams are challenged. she was forced to spend too much time with younger students younger than four and not on test preparation as promised. impressia yanked her out after three weeks and wants preschool to refund $19,000 she paid for a year's tuition . i paid less for college. a lawyerr said it for the precool said it has no refund
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policy. mr. #1: you would have paid more in a better school. >> brian: that's right. 92 and i focused more on the preschool, i would have went to harvard. lookking at the weatherr today. a storm system all the way from the grake lakes to the ohio valley and cold rain moving down to the tennessee really and portions of the gulf coast at this hour . wildly scattered showers in the dacotas and kansas and nebraska and raining in the pacific coast. current temperatures on the 15th day of march. beware of the idesof march. 44 in raleigh and about the same as portions of dixie land . 50s in the gulf coast. later on today. it is a beautiful day . tampa will top out at 78 . 78 on the river walk and 55 in kansas city . any luck 51 in la guardia here
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in new york . now it is time for the radio rhumbble. all right. seeming to be poised to pass another continuing resolution which is effectively known as the tr. it can't agree on a budget. what do the american people think they should do. we turn to the radio rumble from san diego . proprovidence, rhode island . did i say that right, buddy. >> you did. and miami, good morn good to have you here. i think a lot of folks look at this with a serious dose of cynicism. we are waiting to find the 2011 budget and trying to give themselves an extension through april 8th. we'll start wu. what do you think the american folks will do. >> my listeners are concerned that they are nibbling around
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the edges of a four billion a day problem. this is huge. they have to do something significant to the budget. back after world war ii the republican majority cut half of the budget in two yearrs. this is what they have to do now. >> martha: that is an astonishing number. >> where i come from. people think that the government is dysfunctional as the charlie sheen family. >> martha: that is not so good these days. >> when you look back and forth in the tug and pull that is going on. no one wants the government on an installment plan. there is a philosophical divide on the right and leftt they have to come to terms and the only way not pass continuing resolution if we are sincere about closing the deficit. if one percent of the discretionary funding of congress is cut out over the
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course of 10 years, you would make over a trillion and half dollars. we are long way of six mealing it. 6 bill yoion. what are we doing. >> martha: it is fairly a droplet in the bucket. we have tea party action on the vote expected today. markio rubio and congressman yord jord saying they will not vote in favor of this one. how much difference is that going to make? >> unfortunately, i don't think it will make enough difference this time . as my colleagues said. we can't extend it out in the future. the american people don't want the government to shut down, but want to see that the government understands the gravity of the problem. it is not just a 14 trillion dollar problem. if you think that the federal anditate and unfunded
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titlements and pensions, our national debt is more like $130 trillion. we have been on a spending spree that make drunken sailors blush. the corner grocery knows you can't solve the debt crisis with more debts and they have come up with roughly 2-8 of one percent . an american family has a $10,000 budget problem, they know they have to come up with more than 28 dollars in cuts. this is ridiculous. >> martha: quicks thoughts on the issue around the horn. president obama hasn't taken the reigns and he's hanging back and letting them slam it out in congress. very different than what he had on the health care question. >> i think we have a passive aggressive president. he speaks intensely and passionately and then kicks
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back and goes golfing and leaves it to reid and pelosi. we are not getting the same steam as everyone said . we are heading toward the cliff and no one seems to be in charge. >> martha: buddy. >> once bit yen twice shy. he tried to push the health care through and he took a shellacing and now he is concerned by getting out front. he should hope for a government shut down. he can take lessons on how to be a moderate from clinton. after the government hut down in '95 that revitalized clinton's career . franklyy obama understands that . heel try to make statements of why can't we work together. he's not shown leadership. he's shown leadership that you don't expect from a president.
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>> president obama is who he is. he believes in big government and believes in the social welfare state. we have to understand he is who he is. if you believe in these things, he is your guy. he seems to think he can ignore the problemm away and continue to spend until the cows come home. >> martha: gentleman, thank you so much. great to have you here this morning. that bill will be taken up in congress later on today. >> steve: thank you very much. great rumble. >> brian: coming up on this show. a major controversy in ohio. the police department is hiring recruits who fail their test. is political amok. >> steve: first hand account and harrowing story of survival coming up on
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marpt mart the war on smoking taking a step back. illinois could be the first state to loosen smoking restrictions and considering bills to allow smoking in casinos and bars and strip clubs and hotel roomms. business would get a perm mitt and air filtration system. neal diamond inducted in the rock and roll hall of fame . diamond jokes. you don't bring me flowers as a rock tune. he does. neal diamond it is a big night for him. >> brian: we'll tell you more on the break. good. don't encourage it. the police department is hiring applicants that failed the entrance exam. the department of the justice
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said not enough minorities passed the test. 92 analyst and host of the freedom watch judge andrew napolitano. judge, this iscracy that dayton lowers the standard because not enough minorities pass. >> it is unconstitutional and talking about police and fire. do you really want people in those jobs who failed the test? this is not a case where race is taking into account to give someone extra points is a case where people fail because they are of a race that the city needs for diversity purposes they get the job. supreme court said the government can't do that. the private can't do that. and you can't make a decision based on race. >> brian: under previous requirements. candidates had to get a 66 on part one and 72 percent on part two. the department of justice approved a new coring policy. 58 percent on part one and 63
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percent on part two, that is a-okay. 92 that is a failure. >> steve: that is an f. >> by anyone's standard. if you are not competent and you are unworthy of the public trust no matter what the racial component may be. that's not me. that is the supreme court of the united states in the new haven case two years ago. >> steve: right now the president of the naacp. >> the naacp does not support individualls failing the test and having an opportunity to be gainfully employed. if you lowered a score to fit any people in you are not getting the best qualified people for the job. >> brian: look at that. >> he agrees with me and the supreme court and the constitution . he's saying to eric holder, this is not going to protect the people of daytona, ohio. don't do it for a social
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reason. they are hire to keep us safe. >> brian: right. judge ruben watch tonight on freedom watch. >> you see ram paul's rant about the government and light bulbs. he's with us. >> brian: make sure he flushes it down. >> steve: i knew that was coming. >> brian: you wearing the same outfit. >> i might change. >> brian: find out what the judge is saying coming up tonight on freedom watch. >> and the other thing on fox. >> steve: thank you. off we go to marta. >> martha: experts said it would happen and for now four dollars a gallon is what we are see nothing gas prices. no longer the highest it is the average price. four bucks a gallon in the u.s.. first, this story, the disney disaster. american students who witnessed the japanese earthquake first hand in the theme park over seas and they are back and joining us with
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than the bmw 7-series or mercedes s-class... making the decision to own a jaguar just arational as it is emotional. >> martha: good morning, everyone. it is tuesday march 15th. i am martha in for gretchin. this is not good news. on the brink of a nuclear disaster. a number three reactor exploding and that sparked fears of a full-blown melt down and word that one other country is shutting down their nuclear reactor wake of we are live in japan with all of the breaking details. >> brian: japan facing a financial melt down. the markets have collapse the impact about to hit our shore
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perhaps. a live report on that when it happens, that will be next. >> steve: breaking right now. rescuers found a 70 year old woman alive in her home that was destroyed and washed away by the tsunami. wait until you hear that. more stories like that four month old baby held by the army guy in a pink blanket among the wreckage. "fox and friends", hour two for tuesday starts right now. ♪ >> steve: we have a lot of breaking newings. we start with a fox newas alert. germany hut down 7 nuclear power plants because of the crisis. this as japan remainns on edge. scientist there try to prevent a melt down in the fukushima nuclear power plant. david pipe are is in dak--
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yokata air base. there is plenty to talk about this morning. >>reporter: yess, that is right. the nuclear crisis is moving to a more dangerous level now. the japanese government. there is a major radiation leak in the fukushima plant that is so troubled over the last few days with all of the explosionns. the national nuclear agency said the fire that started in the storage that stores nuclear fuel. radio activity is released directly in the atmosphere now. the japanese say they managed to put out the fire and according to reports they had help from the u.s. military in doing it. radiation levels soared around the complex . japanese authorities told people to stay in their homes and seal the doors and winditose avoid becoming sick. japanese prime minister said radiation is released from
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three reactor in the fukushima nuclear plant. there is a high risk of more radiation coming out. the reactors are overheating as i speak and raising a risk of a melt down. japan imposed a no fly zone over the plant. higher levels of radiation in tokyo and they are now falling. we understand that the wind was blowing in this direction a few hours ago and radiation levels had risen in areas near here. but the latestt report suggest that the wind is now blowing east and out to sea. back to you guy studio. >> brian: thank you, david. trying to cover that breaking newings. in you look at it. four reactors are giving us trouble. fourth on fire and number three is disturbing because 90 percent of the uranium core is now uncovered and the biggest melt down threat is number two
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which forced the evacuation of the 145,000. 1800 people work in the facility and only 50 are left because it is too dangerous for them to be there. so many people are wondering what is happening there. no one can tell what is happening in the core. >> martha: can you imagine being one of those 50 people and your job is to at a there in the middle of a dangerous situation, but to try to fix it? they are trying to get enough sea water in the thing to cover it . the latest disaster, and the one that exploded as of yesterday is the most serious situation of all 3. that has prompted people on a wider range. if you are within 18 miles of it now. you reallyy need to get out of your home, and if you are closer than that and can't leave, seal up your home . it is like a movie. 92 you know they were going to close this facility in a matter of months and that
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overhead shot shows the four problems and the four reactors. i watched shepwaited and a report of an explosion. >> steve: we'll tell you about the time line. reacts wor one in the bottom of the screenn explosion on saturday. reactor two as you go clock wise, explosion this morning, that is a big 1. react oar three explosionn yesterday and reactor four caught fire earlier today. >> martha: it was just spent fuel runs and not functioning when the fire started there and they are worried about the melt down in the spent fuel rods. >> steve: apparently the water surrounding the spent fuel rods is boil that is a bad sign. >> brian: also the prime minister is coming out and talking to the people and they say he is urging people to stay calm and at a indoors. part of the reason, you can't have a bunch of people running out . the other thing what to do
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indoors and the precautions to be taking . on top of that body language on the officials when they come out to talk they look shake yen that is affecting the markets and that brings us to the next focus. worrythe nuclear melt down have sent stocks plunging in tokyo. nikkei is down 11 percent . what can this mean for the global markets. robert gray is on the very topic with the fox business network. what does this mean? it happened on friday. are the markets responding negatively. >> yeah, it is picking up speed with the particular concern around the nuclear facility there and picked up overnight. charles getting e-mails from traders and talking about the futures down 200 points and we are down 300 on the newdow. nikkei worst decline . south korea down two percent . china down .
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hong kong down two percent overnight . in europe and germany. five percent down on the dak . they are down three percent. is it is off two percent and that's what we are looking for in the open. we are a couple of hours away from that and that looks like where we go . the fed meeting today x. it is interesting hear if they make announcement and tip their hand to this in any way shape or form. that is out 2:15 eastern . the bank of japan pumping cash in their economy over the past two days. we'll be waiting to see if the fed takes measures here and aid on this line. there is concern that the japaneselargest holders of the u.s. treasury can be forced to sell one of those and top buying in the auctions in the
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u.s.. that is a concern forr us. 92 what are the u.s. futures did you say down 200 or 300. >> 260 points. >> martha: that's on the dow. >> two percent drop in the open and that's what we are looking at right now. interesting, a lot of folks turned bearish last week. merrill lynch out with notes saying the dip and buy and that is before last night. we'll have to wait and see what folk in wall street are coming in to face a totally differentuation in light of what is going on with the nuclear facility. >> martha: third largest economy in the world. huge trading partner and hold a ton of our debt and a huge concern and not at all surprizing. >> brian: that's what is going on in the market and now what is going on with the japanese people. if they are in the range of where the power plant is . radiation are leaking. they will have to get in a
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section where they are quarantined. >> steve: yes, this is why the market is holed up so many people worried about what is going on in japan. you don't know about the fall out and radiation. one of them i guess, it would be the daughter on the other side of the glass tested too high for radiation. she is quarantined effectively and we are telling you about the u.s. personnel that are quarantined effectivelyy after going to rescue folks and they were scubed down. that awaits the japanese people who are testing high for contamination. >> first the earthquake and then the tsunami and then if you are survived all of that, you have to be concerned whether or not you have radiation levels of concern . look at families who survived all of this, divided, some of them as that woman was from her child. >> steve: earthquake didn't
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get tus and tsunami didn't get us but what about breathing the air. imagine a volcano going off on this . that's what happened. in the top of the hour, this is what els is breaking aroundd the world. >> martha: oil production virtually ground to a halt in libya due to the fighting there. international agency warning that 1.3 million barrels a day that libya produces will be off of the market while the battle continues it is a smart portion of what we use here in the united states. a lot of big users for the oil . forces loyal to al-gaddafi recaptured two towns. some of the early victories for the rebels . anti-government troops having a tough time in that area. they are asking the west to impose a new fly zone so they can gain back the victories and as they fight off the war
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planes. shocking details for saturday's horrific bus crash that killed 15 people. williams is a convicted killer, he served senyears for manslaughter and grandd larceny and he has two licenses including one that he got using a fake name. today he will be grilled by the ntsb who are skeptical of his story. he claims he was clipped by a tractt tract causing the bus to flip over and that pole split the roof off. >> an engineer is dead after falling from the space shuttle launch pad in the kennedy space center. 53 year old james vanover was getting the space shuttle ready when he fell. work has been suspended as authorities investigate what happened. he worked there for 20 years. he was due to be laid off next month as the shuttle program ended.
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a sad story and end to that man's career. >> curiosity got the best of the 600 pound dolphin when it ended nup a boat off of the island in florida. >> she was surprised and scared when the dolphin launched out of the water and landed in her feet. >> you don't seek to be afraid of dolphins. >> this is not really happening? >> it was horrifying. >> despite the weight, she only suffered a sprained ankle . they released the dolphin back in the water. >> steve: flippper on my foot. >> coming up straight ahead. experts said it would happen and now four dollars gallon gasoline. no longer the highest price for gas. is that the average price? >> steve: and a canadian health panel wanted end his life and now baby joseph we
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>> the terminally ill child baby joseph. the month old is transferred to a hospital in st. louis, missouri overnight. you joining us now is the men who saved his life and father who is a national director. good morning and good to have you here. >> hi, martha. tell me about moha, how did the baby do on the transfer. he is doing very well. and i want to talk about the transfer like joseph now, he is transferred to st. louis
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and tries to get a chance of treatment and what kind of treatment, i don't know yet. but he would get treatment and i come here. i see open arm and hold me like i am a member of the family . i want to ask a question every time you ask me and everybody ask me question. why my son should come here for treatment. why hospital in london hospital make ugly picture for the medical service in canada. canada should be nicer and good service. they let one or two doctor give ugly picture for them. i want to thank the thousand people of canada who support me and the hospital in canada to transfer my son to u.s. . i want to thank the people in usa, when you hold me like i am member of family and thanks
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for the hospital to accept my son for treatment. >> martha: i am glad. >> i am glad, i am glad. >> martha: statement at home from the hospital. lfhc. they continue to be proud to stand behind the judgment and care they gave to baby joseph. they were sound medicalally and care baby joseph was second to none. that is their response. this is a personal journey for you, father, as you tried to basically allow the baby to be treated as his parent's wishes. >> exactly and treated according to reasonableness. just because a condition may be incurable that didn't mean you can't do thing to benefit the patient. because he is going to die anyway. we are not going to give additional care that parents are requesting . we are all going to die anyway . so the idea is, not that we
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cure something. my glasses are not curing the blurriness of my vision but giving me a benefit. the parents said we want a second opinion and approximate care for our child. >> martha: what is administered a breathing tube and when do you expect that to happen? >> the baby is on a breathing tube and most doctors who lookked at the case even before we brought him here to st. louis, why hasn't a track on themy done? that's a point of debate. the parents say it is the next step and treatment they refused in canada but now seems to be a possibility here in the u.s.. >> martha: thank you so much. we'll follow the story. >> thank you very much. >> thanks. >> martha: in this story payment sued over a toddler that was too late.
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>> time for news by the numbers. first four bucks. that's the average of a single gallon of gas in hawaii. four bucks. highest price in the countryy. 3.1 million dollars. that's how much medicare mistakenly paid for prescriptions of viagra in 2007 and 2008. problems stem from a software
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glitch. 63 million dollars. that's how much it will cost the u.s. astronaut in 2014 to flyy two and from a international space station on a russian spacecraft. >> they have a biggest contract charge and 56 million and now that we are overa barrel. russia wants more. >> brian: us the space plane. threat of a nuclear disaster in japan may affect america's energy policy. we have details on what else we could be dealing with. hey, william. >>reporter: there are three concerns. the engineering problem that may exist in 12 u.s. plants and what does it mean for the nuclear industry. first, remember that no energy source is risk free. you have oil rick. coal mining cave ins and nuclear release and national gas explosion. that can have a political back
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lash. example shut down on three mile island put nuclear energy in a political purgatory for 30 years. only the threat of global warming revived it currentlyy the u.s. gets 20 percent of the nuclear . by 2035 we'll need 20 new nuclear plants just to keep up with the demand. in a worst case scenario the japanese disaster could disable the industry for deck's and creating a power shortage and driving up prices. >> nuclear power accounts for 20 percent electricity and if you take it off of the table it would impact our economy and quality of life. >> steve: even without that worst case, immediate review of existing plants . two a rigorous relicensing of
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old plants and a halt in construction of new plants and a suspension of the merpromise . depending on so severity of japan. it could be that that is receive friday washington. >> one has to think about whether the modern designs of the nuclear plant are more formidable and so on, whether they make sense or not. >>reporter: what is important about nuclear like coal provide base load power and it is reliable and cannot be replaced by wind and solar that are subject to the weather. nuclear was taking a beating economically because of new discoveries of natural gas. new nuclear is going to be a tough sell. >> brian: but the administration is not baking off of it yet which is interesting. william, thank you for much.
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>> steve: but this story from germany. they have shut down 7 reactors. angela americil put a 3month to look at the plans. >> brian: i oner if they are having problems with those now. president obama's push for more nuclear energy. why it is a bigger terror threat than before. >> martha: these two puppies made it through the deadly tsunami waves. >> steve: a former globetrotters gets military honors. crown prince of basketball tells us about giving back to our will troops. note ♪ we wiped the slate clean. then we created a powerful, refined and aerodynamic design destined to shape our future. the jaguar xj.
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to get supplies in case the disaster gets worse. i was tweeting back and forth with my friend tom. it took him eight hour to find two battles of water and as a parent you begin to panic . this is a guy who is well known and living in a great area of tokyo. they are looking through piles of rubble to get water. >> martha: they are not leaving. >> brian: he's deciding that today. 92 you look at lines and they are so orderly . i watched the story last night. if a young person gets a battle of water and an older person and they run out of the water the younger person gives it to the older person and wait in line. >> brian: they tend to treat the elderly with respect. >> martha: we are looking at survival stories. a 70 year old found in the house hit by a tsunami and a story of an infant child found
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as well and a coup elf dogings. a girl tried to run back. this is the four month baby that was found and that is a heart warming story for everyone in jap japp. disaster upon disaster upon disaster and looking for hope in the rubble of japan and that is not easy to do. >> brian: story two about the dogs teesed abouter earlier. one is a shelt yeone is a lab. word of the tsunami. the daughter got his 12 year old daughter and the dogs were tied to the shed. the other daughter begged their dad to get the dogs and they wouldn't let her back n the place is flooded. she came back and the dogs had gone up the stair case and waited on the roof as the water got high and they stood it out and float today out. they were there when the family went back. >> martha: the animals have
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the in. they must have bitten their way through and they were tied up to the shet on the back of the house . the girls are thankful they are okay. >> steve: in the mean while. we told you in the pass. one-seven who figures out how bad the nuclear disaster is. over the weekend, we had been in four. the worst was 7. chernobyl was a 7. we understand that we are upgraded to a 6. out there . we'll keep you posted. >> brian: despite that the white house, believe it or not are pro nuclear. they are pro nuclear and so democrats like chuck schumer and democrat independents like leiberman are pro nuclear. you wonder if the white house be pro nuclear. so far they are standing by nuclear technology as something they want to build. in georgia this year they are
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building a 14 million facility first one since 1979. before we build a new nuclear power plantt, last night greta van susteran said the expert said that we should go slow. >> we need to make sure the various risks we identified are analyzed properly . secondly we need to think more carefully about new way to mitigate the risk. lookats back up systems that rely on different operations and then third, i would urge we not ignore the terrorism threat. this incident has underscored the consequences of loss of cooling in the reactors and some 400 reactors are in operation around the world. my guess is those will try to take advantage of a situation. >> steve: what if you lived near one of those?
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we'll talk to someone who lives in the shadow of the indian point reactor half an hour north of new york city and find out how she feels about it. in the meantime 25 minutes before the top of the hour. the government facing a possible hut down this friday, there will be another stop gap spending showdown. kelly writes live now with the latest from washington as they kick the can down the road. >> looks that way. but there is republican and democrat lawmakers, steve, who are just tire have had implementing half measures to fix the whole problem of this year's fiscal budget. they want manage greater than a continuing resolution or cr to keep the government from shutting down on friday. with that freshman members of the house and senate say, they don't want to play games with the american people and want congress to get the job done on funding the federal government . mark row rubio from florida
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said the budget from the fiscal budget should have been passed in the last session. >> why didn't speaker reid and then speaker pelosi pass the budget when they were in opposition a year ago? that's why we are facing a shut down and america is facing the ultimate shut down and when this country can't borrow money . that is facing us in the face. no one want to deal with it. >> house gop's are demanding a budget for the rest of the year instead of a three week extension . they want to implement 61 billion they told you about in cuts to tackle the debt and reign in spending. >> the message that i would like to send to the leadership on both sides. it is time to do things differentlyy and get serious. >> interesting exchange took
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place in the rules committee democrat congressman said that the house and senate and whites white leadership has to get engaged. >> excuse me for that. he said the speaker and the president and senate majority leader have to get in a room and get a number and there has to be a come on promise . senator minority leader said he thinks that the continuing resolution for three weeks will pass. democrat senator durbin said on sunday that america's budget will not be balanced in the next six months before over a period of time in order to bring down the debt and cut spending. steve back to you. >> martha: rest of the headlines this morning. this is a huge story and would be the head line if not for what is going on in japan. troops from saudi arabia and
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united arab emrates are in bahrain to help stop the massive government protest in bahrain right now. it is the first time that foreign troops interested a middle eastern country since the protest. they are going over the huge cause way from saudi arabia to barainn. it is sparking fears that violence against the protestors could erupt. the state department is warning americans to avoid going to bahrain. >> steve: the white house has a message for the supreme court don't put measures on the fast track. in a letter. there is no basis for short kirkiting the normal course of appellate review. the letter comes after attorney general ken fuchnela argued it should go straight to the high court because it will wind up there anyway.
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>> brian: 21 minutes before the hour. arguably the most exciting event in sports is march madness. it is filled with fiery passion and school spirit and running the legal sports pools. more on that story as steve works on it. joining us is a former basketball legend that knows about the lime lightt. the globetrotters,. >> steve: welcome back. >> brian: you have your book wu. it is great. >> it is moving good. ama whereon.comand local book stores. it is just more than what we see here. i just came back from washington and the hospital down there. >> steve: you were at walter reed. >> i watched all of the troops coming back and we have to help them. it is our job. >> steve: you reached out to the wounded wariors.
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>> brian: you served two year army and wild world of sports. . >> i played six basketball games on aircraft carriers. the kitty pawk hawk not easy when it is moving. >> brian: tired of waiting for a court . you go on aircraft carriers . what are the soldier responses when you show up. >> we took photos and i quicklyy signed them and what about a photoof you and you sign for me. they said why. because we love you. >> martha: that is a great story and pictures of you receiving an award in the pentagon. tell us about that? >> you know my daughter. she's my daughter, okay . she's kind of tiny and >> martha: everybody is kind of tiny compared to you.
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>> tiny . there she is. she is tiny . everybody is saluting her and she's introducing me to all of these admirals and generals and i am figuring out why am i here? i walked four hours around the pentagon . my legs are tire hurt i had nos on and she is still going. >> steve: what does your daughter do? >> she's a lieutenant with a commander in the navy. yes . she's doing quite well behaher job is, they will not tell me. >> steve: that's fine. you notice the affect on her>> it changed her completely. she was an athlete and now very, very serious and trong and in command of everything that she's involved in. >> steve: that's terrific. it is nice you were able to visit the guys in walter reed.
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check out the book. trust your next shot. herman, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> brian: i would love for to you set up a basket and half court and i know you will hit it. but we don't have a money for a rim. >> steve: you can go like this . use your face. >> thank you very much. >> martha: congratulations. >> thank you. >> brian: coming up straight ahead. >> martha: you heardst ring of fires big quakes have hit it . experts say the ring of fire is actually california. we'll talk about that. >> brian: parents sued over a toddler who was too loud. it didn't happen in public. they were play nothing their house. is that fair? >> martha: that is pretty loud. >> steve: time for the trivia question of the day. pennsylvania native's career has taken him everywhere from rock star to beauty pageant host.
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>> steve: welcome back. the situation if the fukushima power plant is described now as 6 on a scale of 1-7. it is now a 6 there in terps of gravity after another explosion. this is the latest earthquake to hit the pacific rim, or the ring of fire as it is known. the only place not hit the northeast, could california be next? joinning us is simon winchester, journalist and author of the book.
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>> good morning. >> steve: you say over the last year or so. you have the ring of fire and it extends over the pacific and we hit down south and up north and south america. could the next corner be the united states? >> that's the question. obviously everyone up here is concerned with this. there seems to be. there is disagreements about the earthquake come in cluster. this is all around the pacific plate . if you can emergency the idea of an enormous event like a huge earthquake in chile, hitting the flates and vibrates lookk a brass bell. if you are like triggering. not everyone agrees. but the events on crise church and now sendai three or four days ago, could the next event be in the two vulnerable faults. number one san an dreas in san
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francisco and more ominously the cas cadia falls under water and if that were to rupture that would trigger an enormous tsunami. >> steve: what is extraordinary about what is happening in sendai. apparently japan has moved five or 8 feet closer to the united states because the plates moved that much. >> yes. extraordinary. but the thing is tension is build up in them. they don't move for a long time and then suddenly move. that's what happened in 19where are6 in san francisco. >> steve: i read if there were a 8 magnitude of los angeles. 40 percent of the town would be okay. 15 percent of the sky crepe arers would topple? >> yes, the feeling is that the united states is derelict in retrofitting the buildings
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it is 22 yearrs since the quake in 1989 . still the bay bridge. major artery is not fully retrofitted and so the building and the psychology of people is up to speed . an event like what is happening in japan in the morning are to use the phrase "teachable moment" and remind the americans it will happen and the question is when. >> that is a question. thank you for much. coming up. back to the days of dirty dancing and ghostbusters. our still next guest said we haven't left the '80s behind. he's here to explain. ain't it funny by j-lo with j-rule. ♪ funny how nature just knows how to make things that are good for you. new v8 v-fusion + tea.
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>> steve: the winner is joe straul from pennsylvania. congratulations. all right. quick headlines for you. more than 75 acres of hawaii's volcano national park are engulfed in a massive wildfires. kilowaya has been erupting since 1983. meanwhile a dallas couple fined more than $1600 by the homeowner's association because downstairs neighbor said the toddler is too noisy. the family is talking to the attorney about fighting the fine. we'll keep you posted. >> brian: tv shows and reruns and the list goes on and on. the reason the world is the way it is martha >> martha:
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did brian have a mullet. author of back to our future and how the 1980s explain the world we live in now and culture and politics and all explained by a decade that defines my personal life. >> how did it work. >> my argument is that we are living in the 80s it is not the karate kid is remaid and a-team it is the way we talk about things today of the '80s we were taught to talk about them in the 1980s. >> brian: the military switchod that. distrusting the government in the '80s. >> in the beginning of the '80s. gall up poll showed 50 percent had confidence in the military and by the end of the '80s they had confidence and what came between. top gun and ram bow and a lot of that stuff. >> brian: ronald reagan said military games train the next generation of soldiers.
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he gives that speech in epicot center and said the computer screen looked like the cockpit x. people flyying drone planes proved that that is true. >> martha: i look at everything in a '80s perspective. is that a bad thing. >> i got my criticism of the '80s. >> martha: bad hair cuts and shoulder pads. >> and greedd is not a good idea. >> martha: there is no money left. we are over that. >> and going through the same economic problems. >> martha: i think the economy is a problem. the '80s was a lush time in our lives and affects how people look at things. >> that is changing and our attitude from the '80s are changing. >> brian: you gave us a lot of good news and you told me something on the break. ghost buster is coming back. >> that'serate right.
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>> brian: congratulations on the book and back to the our future. >> thanks for having me. >> brian: breaking news from japan . u.s. ships are moving closer to the disaster area. the latest on that at the top of the area. >> martha: "fox and friends" will be right back after this. [ female announcer ] it's monday, some people will stick with their old way of getting vitamins and minerals. others will try incredible total raisin bran with 100% of the daily value of 11 essential vitamins and minerals, juicy raisins and crunchy whole grain flakes. guess it's all about what kind of crunch you like. how are you getting 100%?
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>> martha: good morning, everybody. today is tuesday, march 15. i'm martha mccallum in for gretchen carlson. we are no longer on the brink of a nuclear reactor. we are right in the middle of one, folks. this just in, japan's power plant crisis now being called worse than what happened at three-mile island and u.s. ships still moving in the direction of help. >> steve: japan also in the midst of a financial meltdown. this morning the markets have collapsed. they've already closed. next stop, the united states. we open in 90 minutes. how bad will it be? >> brian: ivy league dreams shattered. a mother is suing a preschool
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after she says they failed to prepare her four-year-old for college. >> martha: i'm going to sue my preschool. >> brian: i never went to preschool. that's exactly what happened. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> martha: we got a lot of serious stuff going on. this fox news alert a nuclear crisis in japan that is just continuing to get worse. it's been upgraded to a 6 out of 7 on the scale of gravity. that makes it worse than a three-mile island incident that happened in pennsylvania in 1979. we're also learning generalman chancellor merkel has shut down seven of germany's oldest nuclear plants because of this crisis. >> steve: also regarding that scale, the major accident, only one in history, that was chernobyl. now for the latest on this developing situation, let's go live to david piper west of tokyo.
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david? >> yes, good morning. this nuclear crisis is escalating fast this time in japan. the japanese government says there has been a major radiation leak. that troubled fukushima plant 150 miles from here. the international nuclear agency says a fire at that plant started at the storage pond for nuclear floor and add radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere now. they have, we understand, managed to put out the fire and according to reports, the u.s. military was involved in that operation. radiation levels soared immediately around the complex. the japanese authorities have told people nearby to stay in their homes and seal the doors and windows to avoid becoming sick. the reactors are all still overheating there at that complex. there are four reactors and three of them are believed to be in trouble. they've also now imposed a no fly zone over the plant.
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higher than normal levels of radiation were reported here in tokyo, but they are believed to have dropped now and the wind is blowing east and out to sea. but there has been reports of some panic buying of essential supplies by people in the japanese capital. also the u.s. state department has now issued a travel advisory warning americans to avoid japan and a number of other embassies here in tokyo are telling their people to leave as soon as possible. we understand a lot of foreign tourists have been trying to get out from the airport and also nationals have been trying to move some of their people out of the country at this time. back to you guys in the studio. >> steve: all right, thank you. >> martha: all right. on the verge of a nuclear disaster, what does that mean exactly? let's listen to a piece of sound from an earlier guest who talked about the biggest danger that is out there right now. listen to this. >> biggest problem right now
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appears to be an explosion and fire in unit 4. apparently the fuel is burning. this reactor was shut down prior to the earthquake, but they have a fuel pool, nuclear fuel pool and it's apparently on fire. >> brian: that's 4. we know there was problems at 1, 2, and 3. and there have been problems with more. >> steve: the big worry is a meltdown. when you've got the meltdown because then all that nuclear stuff melts out of the concrete and steel bubble and then goes to the containment floor and the worst case scenario is -- you can see right there -- you've got the fuel rods inside. they've got these control rods they try to stop the reaction and the worrisome thing is if it is able to leak outside of the containment vessel, if it goes, for instance -- if vapor is
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released, then it's in the air. but if it goes down as depicted from that movie, and it was only a movie, it gets into the ground water, that was the worry there if that would happen. then that could be a disaster for decades. >> martha: once that waterfalls below that level, it builds up gasses within the containment vessel and that is what has caused these explosions and that's where you have the explosion. they say the third one that blew earlier this morning japan time is the worst situation of the three in terms of its emissions of radiation. they've got 150 people, according to the iaea right now, who japan is monitoring for radiation levels right now. when you have the chief cabinet secretary saying things like these are levels that will, quote, clearly have an impact on the human body, this is very frightening stuff. >> brian: yeah. already you have a situation where there is radiation concerns where people are put into really confinement even though their families in some cases are sitting right there, people being checked for
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radiation. but they're kept away in order not to spread the radiation. in some cases, on the uss ronald reagan, when they found contamination on our guys, they showered and got it off. but they're worried about the sustained radiation that somebody who receives, how it's going to affect the thyroid, for example. in the body, how it will affect the blood. could lead to leukemia. and on top of that, they're concerned about the food and water supply. what you're seeing here is people wearing the proper equipment. other people wearing the masks, being escorted away. what their leaders are saying, not necessarily evacuate, but to stay indoors and seal your house. they're going over how to do that. >> steve: right. on friday, that's when the earthquake occurred and that's when the tsunami occurred. and the stock market continued -- it went down a bit. but now there are worries about the radiation and what happens next because they really don't have a really good handle on it right now. if you're just getting up, the nikkei index which closed a couple hours ago in japan closed
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down at 11%. at its bottom, it was down 14%. and this is on top of a 6% that it dropped yesterday. right now i understand the u.s. futures were down over 200 the opening on wall street in just about 80 minutes from right now. >> martha: markets clearly don't like uncertainty and it's hard to imagine a situation with more uncertainty than this. you have the earthquake and then the tsunami and these fears of radiation. it feels like earthquake and tsunami are something that could be surmountable with time, the grief process and the rebuilding. but the radiation is what has frightened so many people. >> brian: it didn't withstand with the tsunami, but the generators didn't. but they went to the battery operation. they went past that. how do you cool it? the sea water cooled it for a while. but all four are having
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problems. but there is other news happening around the world. >> martha: let's talk about the newest in the headlines right now. shocking details about the driver in saturday's bus crash in the bronks that killed 15 people. he's a convicted killer, it turns out, served nearly seven years for manslaughter and grand larceny, it was a stabbing back in the early 1990s. he also, turns out, he's a bus driver, has two fake licenses. one of them has another person's name on it. his rap sheet is raising questions about what kind of background check he got before he was allowed to drive all these people back and forth to the casinos. today he'll get the grilling from the ntsb. they're skeptical about what his story is. look at that. it's unbelievable. he says a tractor-trailer nicked him and that's what caused this. they say they're not sure that's the case at all. and on the run since escaping from a louisiana prison three weeks ago, two dangerous fugitives are back behind bars. police captured darien pierce
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and rickey wedgeworth, they got them in memphis, tennessee after a pursuit through the city in a stolen government car. quite a car chase. the victims' body was later found beaten and strangled in alabama. and to politics for a moment, donald trump advisor firing back at accusations that he broke campaign finance rules during his trip to iowa last week. the advisor says he was not sent on that plane by trump and that the trip was paid for by his web site shouldtrumprun.com. trump is not officially a candidate and says he will announce his decision in june so there is no campaign finance issue when there is no campaign. how about this story that we want to bring to you that is also very moving this morning. flags are flying at half-staff in memory of frank buckles, the last american veteran of world war 1.
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he was an army ambulance driver who signed up when he wasn't even old enough to drive. he wanted to protect his country in world war one. he will be laid to rest in arlington national cemetery. he served in world war ii. he was a prisoner of war in the philippines for 39 months. and frank buckles lived to be 110 years old and we think of him in -- keep him in our thoughts. what a remarkable life for that man. great, extraordinary story. >> brian: you can't learn enough about this. i just can't believe this, this story about a preschooler. number one, could you spend $19,000 for a preschool? >> steve: they do in new york. a lot of people do. wow. >> brian: my goodness. so you spend $19,000 for the kid to learn what the color red is. in turn, you're supposed to get something in return for this $19,000 according to this mom. she says this will put my son on track to get into an elite elementary school and possibly to the ivy league. >> steve: i think the son is actually a daughter.
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her name is lucia. the mom said i wanted her to get into a really -- keep in mind, we're talking about an elementary school -- she wants to get into a really good elementary school, so she can get into a really good middle school, so she can get into a really good junior high school. >> martha: they're suing for false advertising because they're saying this preschool promised they were going to make sure that my little girl could succeed -- i don't know, three letters that's supposed to be the test that gets knew a really good elementary school. this is just a small window into some of the crazy stuff that goes on a few blocks from here, new york city, because this is the kind of stuff people talk about. i can't get my child into the right preschool. it's nuts! >> steve: the mother wants the $19,000 back because after a couple weeks, she said i went in there, and my four-year-old is in the same room with two-year-olds. >> martha: right, playing with blocks. >> steve: where is the french
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class? >> brian: do they let the kids live at school? are you allowed to board there? >> martha: for $19,000, you want them fed and taken care of. >> brian: so you make the call. does the woman have a case? twitter us. >> steve: all right. meanwhile, straight ahead, several nuclear power plants rest on fault lines in the united states. how safe are they? we're going to talk to a woman who lives next door to one of them. >> martha: janet napolitano unveiled the airport screening of the future. i did that over the weekend. this thing. >> steve: really? peek a boo. >> brian: i got the pictures. >> martha: oh, my gosh. don't even say it. you're not going to have to take your shoes off, but there will be a whole new way of doing it. but will it be any better, folks?
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>> steve: fox news alert. the nuclear crisis in japan has just been upgraded on a scale of 1 to 7, it is now a 6.
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that makes it worse than the accident at three-mile island in pennsylvania in 1979. meanwhile, germany announced this morning that that country is shutting down seven of its older nuclear reactors. should we be doing the same thing here in the united states? our next guest has lived near union point in buchanan, new york for almost 25 years. please welcome deborah malone, the executive director of the hudson valley gateway chamber of commerce. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> steve: you're watching what's going on in japan. the natural up clinician is, could that happen here? >> of course. well, i think that -- it's run by a good company and they are very supportive as far as making sure disseminating information to the community constantly. the nrc has given them top ratings over the last five years. i lived there for 25 years. i haven't had -- we haven't had any issues whatsoever and they've been good neighbors to
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us. >> steve: they have been good neighbors because they employ a lot of people. >> 1100 people. >> steve: whenever somebody needs a hand, it sounds like this company has been there to lend a hand. >> yeah. they have $356 million in payroll and local purchases and pay over $50 million in local taxes. >> steve: one of the good things about indian point is fact that it's in an area that's referred to as nonseismic. so you're not prone to having earthquakes there. >> no, we're not prone to that. >> steve: but i remember a couple of years ago there was a worry that a terrorist might fly an airplane into one of the cooling towers there, the containment building. >> yes. i think that we're living in a different era and there are worries out there, but i think what's most important is that people take the opportunity to educate themselves and i think what they have done is put a lot of information out there. they're always willing to answer questions. so if there are fears, then you
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should do the research, educate yourself and base your conclusions upon facts and not fear. >> steve: right. i remember when there was the terrorism worry, they came out and said, look, the walls are like six feet thick. if an airplane flew into it, it wouldn't breach that vessel inside. >> we all had questions and they were answered for us. the officials, again, have been very outgoing and very pro-active in getting their message out there. >> steve: right. deborah, what about your neighbors, have you heard from anybody saying, hey, should we be worried about this? >> you know what? it's a nonissue where we live and one of the great things is that because the plant is such a big part of our community and so important, vital to our community, that in -- and the workers take such pride in their work there. i think that's so important because they've had five consecutive years of top safety ratings and it's really due to
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the workers and the great training that they put forward for the workers. >> steve: even given what is happening in japan where they ratcheted it up, it's a 6 out of 7. germany shutting down five or six of their older reactors, you still have no problem? >> i think it makes great news. that's why i'm here. but we have no issues. we have no issues. >> steve: all right. deborah, executive director of the hudson valley gateway chamber of commerce. thank you very much. >> thank you, sir. >> steve: let's go down to martha and brian who are in the control room right now. >> martha: thank you very much. coming up, the first state to admit maybe the war on smoking not such a great idea and what they're doing about it. >> brian: and congress wants to delay the budget decision again. what do the american people want? frank luntz knows. he wrote a book about it and will tell us that story. >> martha: they played for presidents, past and present. today they're bringing their irish luck to us here at "fox & friends." great performance coming up.
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>> brian: they stopped singing, i'll start talking. janet napolitano says in the future, airport travelers want to -- won't have to take off their shoes to get through security. she says the plan is in use due to advanced technology and to better train airport security about human behavior to spot terrorists. and the war on smoking taking a step back? illinois could soon become the first state to loosen its smoking restrictions. it's considering bills to allow smoke not guilty casino, bars,
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strip clubs, and even some hotel rooms. businesses who have to get permits and air filtration systems. we'll follow that. martha? >> martha: thank you very much. once again, we are perhaps seeing another government shutdown. they're expected to pass yet another continuing resolution just to keep things moving until april 8. so how are both sides responding to this budget battle? joining me is frank luntz, pollster and author of the new book "win, the key principles to take your business from ordinary to extraordinary." good morning, frank. >> thank you. >> martha: obviously one of the people who has been very outspoken against the president's leadership on this whole budget issue is senator joe manchin. we want to play a clip from him and get your thoughts on that. let's listen to that. >> we will likely have votes on two proposals today and both options are partisan and unrealistic and neither one will pass. first is our democratic proposal that doesn't go far enough.
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this proposal, which calls for $6.5 billion in new cuts utterly ignores our fiscal reality, our nation is badly in debt and spending absolutely unsustainable and out of control levels. we must turn our financial ship around, but the senate proposal continues to sail forward as if there is no plan on the horizon. >> martha: the gop is liking this message alt the way through in that group. >> the democrats above 70 with both republicans republicans an, you know you got a positive impact. what both sides agree on is washington is spending too much. it's a wake-up call for the senate democrats. they oppose further cuts in spending. right now the american people, including democrats, are going to turn against them. >> martha: it's fascinating to watch how this is playing out. clearly people are behind making some major cuts to the budget. let's take a listen to this piece of sound, this is from jeb
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hensarling and if you can after this, tell us about the composition of your group here that were responding. let's listen to this. >> we've reach add tipping point where we are firmly on the course to be the first generation in america's history to leave the next generation with less freedom and a lower standard of living. in other words, loss of the american dream. it doesn't have to be this way. if we are principled, if we are courageous and smart, together we can preserve the torch of liberty for our children and our grandchildren and they will have a brighter future. >> martha: seems like a pretty popular message as well, frank. >> yep hensarling is one of the most effective republican communicators because he speaks in a low key fashion, he's very positive, he's one of the great defenders of the american dream. this group was made up of swing voters. many voted for barak obama, but not sure in 2012. they're going to determine the make-up of congress and the
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white house and they're sending a very clear message, whether it's jeb hensarling or joe manchin, they don't want partisanship or politics of the left or right. they want washington to get it done, just go to work and accomplish these cuts in spending to restore the sense of optimism that americans used to have. >> martha: very interesting stuff. frank, thank you so much. frank luntz with a look at how people are reacting to these messages over the budget. they want to see something concrete done quickly. frank, thank you very much. all right. coming up ahead on the rundown, are nuclear power plants in america built to withstand earthquakes like the one that just happened in japan? we'll take a closer look at that. and comedian gilbert godfry's latest jokes on japan got him fired. what are celebrities doing to help relief efforts in japan? vanessa minillo leading the
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>> martha: fox news alert. the nuclear accident at the fukushima nuclear plant in gentleman plan is now rated at a 6 out of 7 scale of gravity. that makes it worse than the disaster at 3-mile island in this country in 1979. yet still that is not stopping the u.s. ships from returning to the japanese coast after being
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moved yesterday because of radiation fears. they are concerned, according to jennifer griffin, about the plume, as she refers to it. and they are moving the ships in accordance with that while they're trying to do everything they can to help. wendell goaler has the latest on this. >> the navy moved the aircraft carrier ronald reagan and its support ships back closer to the coast line after 17 sailors suffered minor radiation contamination yesterday. officials say a change in the wind direction has allowed the relief operation to get closer to the shore. meanwhile, a nuclear regulatory commission is sending another eight experts to help japanese officials safely shut down the crippled reactors and understand the impact of leak radiation. and energy secretary steven shue testifies before a house subcommittee today. the hearing was scheduled to focus on the budget, but he will likely be asked about u.s. nuclear safety and policy in light of the disaster in japan.
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there are 20 permits being considered right now for new nuclear power plants in this country. already a few members of congress called for slowing the process down, but administration officials made clear yesterday, they're not ready to make that decision. >> we have 104 operating reactors, 20% of the electricity of this country. 70% of the carbon free electricity in this country comes from nuclear power. so we do see nuclear power as continuing to play an important role in building a low carbon future, but be assured that we will take the safety aspect of that as of paramount concerned. >> the chairman of the nuclear regulatory commission would say whether u.s. plants are built to withstand an earthquake as powerful as that which struck japan last week. at least two plants in this country are located on a fault,
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the san andreas fault, and near the california coast line, which theoretically makes them susceptible to earthquakes and tsunami. martha? >> martha: thank you so much. reporting from the white house as usual. wendell goaler. >> steve: another branch of the government, faa saying it is prepared to reroute flights to japan if the nuclear crisis worsens. meantime, american survivors of the earthquake and tsunami are arriving back in the united states, embraced by loved ones after reuniting in seattle. members of the sea shepherd conservation society say they'll never forget the horrifying images they witnessed with their own two eyes. >> we didn't know she was alive for so long and you can only stay hopeful for so long before you realize you just need something that says she's okay. >> steve: she was okay. one of the survivors described the tragedy as surreal, saying he felt as if he was watching a
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movie. >> martha: incredible stories coming in this morning. there are other stories and headlines to make you aware of today. oil production has virtually ground to a halt in libya due to the fighting there. the international energy agency warning the 1.3 million-barrels per day that libya produces are going to be off the market while the battles continue. a lot of that priced into the oil markets here in the u.s. forces loyal to moammar gadhafi have really been gaining quite a bit of ground as they continue to move east across that country. they now recaptured the very important towns. antigovernment troops still hanging on to the rebel capital of benghazi, which was their first victory. they're asking the west to impose a no fly zone on gadhafi's war planes so they can start to gain some momentum. >> brian: take your time, west. 25 minutes before the top of the hour n. about an hour, general david petraeus will testify before the senate armed services committee. in his first trip back to washington after taking over in afghanistan. he's expected to tell lawmakers that forces can begin to
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withdraw this summer as planned, but he's also warning substantial military gains there could be jeopardized unless congress provides adequate funding. the big date is 2014. steve? >> steve: all right. brian, let's take a look at what's going on with weather on this tuesday and look at this. we've got another big storm all wait from the great lakes through the ohio and tennessee valley, heading down through the atlanta area where it looks like some pretty heavy weather moving through that area right now, down through the gulf coast. also a little bit of rain moving through portions of minnesota and the dakotas and another storm system continues out in the pacific northwest. currently -- and it is, beware of the ides of march. only 7 right now in caribou. 35 here in new york city. continues to be freezing out in rapid city, south dakota. 38 right now in dallas. and southern portions of texas right now in the 50s. they're heading toward the 80s. 79 later today in san antonio. 78 in tampa.
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mid atlantic, mid- to upper 50s. 58 today in raleigh. about the same for atlanta. caribou, maine, hang on eventually you will be above freezing at 34 degrees. >> martha: apparently if uricometer i don't know named godfrey, not a great day for him. he was fired by aflac. he's the quack, quack duck. here is the not funny joke he put out on twitter. i split up with my girlfriend, but like the japanese say, there will be another one floating by any minute now. lovely, right? >> brian: that's hysterical. and he went on to say a few of them. fifty-cent, the rapper, had interesting comments about what he saw. he said look at these very serious people i had to evacuate. this is very serious. i had to evacuate all my hos from hawaii, la and japan. i had to do it, lol. that was hysterical. a lot of people outrage that had follow him and sound off against
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him. he basically doesn't care. his follow-up twitter says, well, whatever. >> martha: what do you expect? >> steve: vanessa minillo is joining us. how are you? >> i'm good, thank you. >> martha: good morning. >> it's a hard time for everybody. >> steve: it is a hard time. i know you're friends with a lot of celebrities and you see stuff like gilbert godfrey. >> to each their own. i personally don't think it's a joking matter. we've been fortunate to have the social media outlet, whether facebook or twitter where you can access millions of fans instantly and i think that's helped me. i've actually learned how to help out and how to donate, just text red cross through twitter. and i've kept informed on some of the breaking news, and learned about other celebrities doing positive things. >> brian: lady gaga. >> somebody was mentioning something about this. she's -- >> martha: she's selling
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bracelets. >> brian: it's like the lance armstrong bracelet. >> martha: pray for japan, i believe. there is a look at it. that's the lady gaga charity bracelet, an effort to raise money for the folks who are affected. >> that's great. somebody taking their celebrity and using it in a positive way because they have millions of people that look up to them every single day. so i commend and applaud the celebritys that do that. >> brian: charlie sheen is doing those live shows. >> martha: sold out. biggest success they've ever had or something crazy like that? >> brian: that's where he's giving part of his money. >> there you go, see. >> brian: a dollar of every ticket sold, charlie sheen says out of the 80, we'll give a dollar to the people of japan. >> martha: good for him. i'm glad because for him, twitter has been a huge, i think, instrument in his voice. he's turned it into a positive thing it's something good. >> brian: if you think about it, you think about the causes.
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the tsunami was horrendous. the people of japan have gotten both, and then you add on that a nuclear disaster. so you can't even get in there to really help and even think about rebuilding yet. >> yeah. it's, like i said, this is one of the biggest tragedies i can think of and all we can do -- there is never too little. if you can give $10, if you can give your prayers, if you can just give your time, anything you can do, i think we are doing. all we can do is hope. there is no way to prevent it. >> steve: you're spending some of your time, helping the folks at the march of dimes. >> i am. we're actually doing something. we started to do a campaign to help educate women of reproductive age of the importance of folates. i partnered with march for babies and we're doing this really great campaign. you can check out the web site girlfriends for folate.com. when you become my gff, you can be my gff, too -- bayer donate
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has dollar to march of dimes for babies. we raise awareness for that because folate is extremely important for women of 18 to 45. >> steve: how much do they need? >> are you going to write me a check? >> steve: do you take bad checks? >> for women, we need 400 mcg a day, which is in multi vitamins. but you can get it from leafy greens and carbs in your daily food intake. it really is important to prevent birth defect, as well as for women. >> brian: gretchen carlson is here usually, she does a lot of stuff with march of dimes. i'm sure you crossed paths. you know everything there is to know about the entertainment celebrity world. why don't you take this next topic. >> about nick lechay? >> brian: yes. >> you always give it to the girl. we announced our engagement. >> martha: when is the big
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wedding? >> steve: where did you meet him? >> it's very funny. we met -- we were both in previous relationships. we met casually at a pageant. we were both judging. and then we were both part of the mtv family, so i had known him for years. it wasn't until we ended up dating that we both were single and it just kind of happened. >> martha: it's sparkly over there. >> thank you. yes. they say people shouldn't text and drive. newly engaged women shouldn't be looking at their ring and driving. >> martha: very distracting. >> thank you. >> martha: beautiful. congratulations to you guys. >> brian: i look forward to your reality show. >> oh, gosh, no. that won't be happening. >> brian: okay. >> steve: thank you very much. >> thank you. >> brian: you're doing a great thing coming out and talk being that. coming up straight ahead, what we've been talking about all morning long. are nuclear power plants in america ready to withstand earthquakes? >> martha: then we are welcoming
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>> brian: the earthquake is a 9.0. but our facilities can ohm withstand a 7.0. what if it hit here? peter johnson, jr. joins us now. we're talking about the nuclear plants. we got 104 in this country. and 23 are in somewhat risky locations. >> yeah. i mean, two plants in california, indian point in new york, all near great centers of population, would not be able to withstand the earthquake in japan. and i think, and we talked about this sunday, really the first in the country to talk about it, we need today a fresh conference at each and every nuclear facility
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in america where the nameless, faceless owners of these facilities come forward and tell america what magnitude earthquake their facility will withstand, what kind of back up they have, how long the back up works, will the back up work if there is a fire, and explosion, and will millions of americans have to be displaced for 20 miles radius if the thing goes down. >> brian: merkel says i have seven old power plants in germany, i'm shutting them down. let me tell what the commission said, they're built to withstand environmental hazard, including earthquakes and tsunamis. >> okay. if there is an 8.9 at dee i can't blow canyon t doesn't work. if there was one at another one in california t doesn't work. if there is a 7 in indian canyon, north of new york city, it doesn't work. i'm for safe, efficient,
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effective nuclear power. but we do not need a wing and a prayer in this country. we do not need to be saved by the tweets that we're sending out across the world now, 5 or $10 at a time. we need full disclosure from these nuclear plants. they need to go forward, but they need to go forward in a way that protects americans and i believe, and it's not a matter of politics, left or right, we need to lift the veil of secrecy, the shroud of distortion that has gone on with regard to these nuclear facilities in the past. we need to know now as a matter of american patriotism. >> brian: we'll find out because that's going to be front and center over the next few weeks. first we got to get this situation handled in japan. thank you very much. meanwhile, coming up, they shared third irish music with several presidents. next, frankie gavin and his group perform for us. but first, let's check in with
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alisyn to find out what's on at the top of the hour. >> thanks so much. as you know, the nuclear crisis in japan seems to be increasing by the hour. we'll have the latest on how officials are trying to contain it. what happens if those 50 workers still inside the plant leave? back at home, the battle in wisconsin rages on. democrats want to recall their governor, scott walker. have a chance that could happen? join hemmer and me in ten minutes. see you then.
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>> martha: he played for presidents, past and present. today frankie gavin and his group are playing for us. that's the best intro. let's hear a song there their new album. >> brian: you guys are awesome. take it away. >> thank you.
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♪ ♪ they seem to whisper darling ♪ ♪ for my love is all for you ♪ o molly, my irish molly ♪ my sweet one. ♪ ♪ my irish molly ♪ springtime you know it's me time ♪ ♪ come, dear ♪ don't be slow ♪ my irish molly
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♪ ♪ molly dear, is it your year ♪ ♪ ♪ molly, my irish molly ♪ come dear, now don't be slow ♪ my irish molly o ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ oh, molly, my irish molly ♪ i fall off my trolley
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♪ my irish molly ♪ when you are near ♪ springtime, you know it's ring time ♪ ♪ come dear, in and out don't be slow ♪ ♪ my irish molly o ♪ >> brian: that was awesome. the whole band, we'll talk with them when we come back. don't go away. that was awesome.
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>> steve: thanks very much. >> brian: frankie, you put the song together. you also are the world's fastest fiddle player. correct? >> that's the news, yes. >> brian: you played for how many presidents? >> four actually. john f kennedy when i was a child. >> brian: then? >> then mr. bush and obama last year. >> steve: we've got 20 seconds left. let's see some of the fastest fiddling in the world.